Monthly Archives: February 2012

Healthy, Tasty AND Gluten-free!

This is a recent discovery that is absolutely brilliant! Pizza is one of the foods I have missed the most since the majority of pizzas have both Gluten and Lactose! I did get into ordering gluten free pizzas around Seattle and found many left A LOT to be desired… Then a friend introduced me to this… it’s brilliant and low calorie!

Cauliflower pizza crust *image thanks to paleoperiodical.com!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Crust
1 medium Cauliflower (Riced)
1 egg (beaten)
1 Cup of cheese (of your choice, I use soy mozzarella, but my friend loves goat cheese)
1 tsp Garlic salt
1 tsp Italian seasonings (or just use oregano and basil, fresh basil.
Olive oil

Pizza:
Pizza Sauce to taste
Cheese (your favorite)
Choice of toppings, I do mushrooms, jalapeno and tomato!

Preheat Oven to 450, prepare a cookie sheet with cooking spray, butter or olive oil. Set aside.

Rice your Cauliflower (shred in a food processor or grate it with a cheese grater) put in a microwave safe bowl and heat it for about 7-9 minutes until soft. Let it cool. It will make approximately 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups of riced Cauliflower.

When cauliflower is cool add 1 cup of Cauliflower, 1 beaten egg and 1C of the cheese of your choice mix together. Add spices and mix again. Take cauliflower mixture and pat out in a mass about 9 inches around. Brush with Olive oil.

Top it with pizza sauce, cheese and toppings of your choice. Bake in oven at 450 for about 15 minutes or until cheese on top is melted and edges are slightly browned.

Cut into slices and enjoy! YUM!

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Mardi Gras Cajun Chicken Pasta on the Lighter Side Please

Happy Fat Tuesday!!! I wish I could be down in New Orleans watching the parades and enjoying that amazing food, but alas I am here in Seattle watching the rain. ┬áBUT I decided what I can do is make something fabulous for dinner. SO I altered a recipe for Chicken Cajun Pasta to make it lighter and without gluten and diary..guess what. It’s Awesome! Give this a go if you’re in the mood!

Gluten/Dairy free Cajun Chicken Pasta. YUM!

Cajun Chicken Pasta (Gluten & Dairy Free!)

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces uncooked gluten Free linguine ( I chose Quinoa Linguine)
  • 1 pound chicken breast strips
  • 3 tsp Cajun seasoning (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced into slivers
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper,┬ásliced into slivers
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced into slivers
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup fat free low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup Lactaid
  • 1 tbsp Red Mill flour
  • 3 tbsp Tofutti cream cheese
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • Cooking spray

Instructions:

Get all your ingredients sliced and prepared as above. Combine the milk, flour & cream cheese by hand or in a blender.  Then set that aside:

Season raw cubed chicken with the cajun seasoning & garlic salt. Then spay a pan with cooking spray and cook chicken in a pan until fully cooked. Put that on a plate off to the side for later use.

In the pan you cooked the chicken, add more cooking spray, then saute the peppers, onions and garlic. Once the onion is transparent add the mushrooms & tomatos.  Cook for 1-2 minutes.

Next add the chicken broth and stir. Cook about 1 minute, then add the milk/cream cheese mixture and stir well. Once all ingredients are combined, add the warm cooked linguine into a serving bowl and top and mix with the chicken and veggies off the stove. Combine so that pasta is fully covered, then add salt, pepper and chopped scallions to taste. Voila! This makes 6 delicious servings at 8 points plus points each.

Delicious! Enjoy and have a fantastic Fat Tuesday!